Rudolph Buzier, born August 25, 1934 in Apalachicola, died at age 76 on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at 4:05 a.m. at Bridges by the Bay in Port St. Joe, with family members Adolph Buzier Jr. and Violet Buzier Garrity at his side.
He was the son of the late Costa and Esther Buzier of Apalachicola. He was preceded in death by brother Costa Buzier Jr., sister Gloria Houseman and brother Jackie Buzier.
He is survived by twin brother Adolph Buzier Sr., sisters Loretta Ost of Panama City, and Ollie Houseman of Apalachicola. And his beloved bird GiGi.
He graduated from Chapman High School in 1955, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1956, serving on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Essex, stationed in San Diego, Calif. He traveled around the world four times, seeking out his father’s family in Greece and his mother’s family in Italy, mailing many treasures from around the world to his mother and nieces.
He ended his career in the Navy as an honorably discharged petty officer third class. He lived in California a short time, then returned home to Apalachicola where he crewed and cooked on many a shrimp boat, a valued member of the fishing community. He oystered when necessary.
Rudolph's passion was antique collecting and history. He managed the first community store and restaurant on St. George Island in the 60s and went on to work on the St. George Island toll bridge for many years.
He then became a self-made chef and opened the Seafood Shack in Eastpoint. He developed many recipes that are still enjoyed in the community. His last venture before retiring was the Owl Cafe.
After the Owl he retired and moved to Lanark Village, then on to Gulfport, Miss. to live near his sister, Gloria Houseman. After being displaced by Hurricane Katrina he came back to Florida, where he lived for several years until his health began to decline.
Rudolph Buzier was a remarkable man and it would take a novel to cover his wonderful life. He was a much loved son of Apalachicola. Family and friends will celebrate his life by coming together on Saturday, April 13 at 3 p.m. at niece Diane Duncan's house at 1416 Bluff Rd. Apalachicola.